Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care launched its new lung transplant program in November, establishing the only program in New York to offer bloodless lung transplants. The first two lung transplants were performed upon receipt of interim approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing.
"WITH OUR NEW PROGRAM, WE'RE ABLE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF SO MANY MORE PEOPLE."
—Scott Scheinin, MD
The program provides lifesaving care for children and adults, led by world-renowned physician-researchers Scott Scheinin, MD, FACS, and Harish Seethamraju, MD. The duo brings more than five decades of combined experience in advanced, end-stage pulmonary care and transplantation, including bloodless transplantation. This specialized surgical option can shorten recovery time and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke post-surgery. In addition, innovative bloodless procedures present new options to those whose religious or cultural traditions have prevented them from considering these procedures in the past.
Harish Seethamraju, MD
“By combining leading-edge treatments with a highly skilled transplant team, we are changing the way end-stage pulmonary patients are cared for in our area,” says Dr. Seethamraju.
Learn more about Montefiore’s lung transplant program at www.montefiore.org/ transplantation.
Singer Marina Morgan pauses her stellar performance to greet 3-year-old Lillian Aponte Hamilton.
Emerging pop star Marina Morgan performed live at the Z100 Holiday Party at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Featured as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month in November, Marina shared her personal story with CHAM patients between songs. As a child, she was temporarily paralyzed as a result of an autoimmune disease, leading to a lengthy hospital stay, which now inspires her to help others. Z100 hosts Greg T and Garrett Vogel shared drawings at the event that were submitted for CHAM patients as part of the CHAM and Z100 “Color Your Way to a Cure” contest. The winner received tickets to Z100’s 2017 Jingle Ball. Santa gave out lots of gifts, including raffle tickets for Broadway shows Aladdin and The Lion King, as well as the Big Apple Circus and the NFL Experience, to cap off the festivities!
December marked the opening of the John H. Gutfreund Fetal Heart Program on Montefiore's Hutchinson Campus. This state-of-the-art program provides advanced cardiac care for at-risk pregnant women, with the latest imaging technology to evaluate fetal hearts. Serious health conditions in the mother, such as diabetes, lupus and other diseases, can affect the development of the fetal heart.
From left: Nadine F. Choueiter, MD; Judy L. Aschner, MD, Chair, Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief, CHAM; Giles J. Peek, MD, Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director, Pediatric Heart Center; David Tanner, Montefiore Board of Trustees Chair; Nick Gutfreund; Owen and Victoria Gutfreund; J.P. Gutfreund; Susan Gutfreund; Steven M. Safyer, MD, Montefiore President and CEO; Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Daphne T. Hsu, MD, Division Chief, Pediatric Cardiology and Co-Director, Pediatric Heart Center; and Susan Green- Lorenzen, RN, System Senior Vice President, Operations.
"Pregnancy can be a time of worry and stress for expectant mothers, so our goal is to diagnose babies with complex heart disease at the earliest possible time and reassure families by educating them, and planning the best care before the baby is born," says program director Nadine Choueiter, MD. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, advanced nurse practitioners, social workers, child life specialists and quality-of-life specialists.
The program is made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's contribution of $1 million in memory of the late Mr. Gutfreund, who served on the Montefiore Board of Trustees for decades. Mr. Gutfreund's son, J.P. Gutfreund, is currently a Montefiore Trustee.
Learn more about this innovative program by visiting cham.org/fetalheart.
Matthew Brown collected and donated hats for the needy as part of The Joy Project at Montefiore New Rochelle.
Over two decades ago, The Joy Project was started by former patient Kathy Curto and Patricia Devine, MD, Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Montefiore New Rochelle, and it’s been keeping kids warm ever since. This year, winter coats and hats were delivered to 220 children in need, from infants to adolescents, at the Montefiore New Rochelle Outpatient Pediatric Clinic. The coldweather gear is purchased from donations given by organizations and individuals. Teenager Matthew Brown also collected new hats for his bar mitzvah project, which were donated to the children.
Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD, Chair, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, was awarded the 2017 Physician Scientist Award by Fight for Sight at its annual fundraiser gala. Fight for Sight promotes and funds eye and vision research. In accepting his honor, Dr. Chuck cited the numerous ways in which Fight for Sights supports programs and individuals at Montefiore-Einstein. "Fight for Sight's mission to help jump-start eye research careers at the early stages is critical in these times of dwindling research funding," he says.
Shalom Kalnicki, MD, Chairman, Radiation Oncology, has been named worldwide president of The Radiosurgery Society. The Society represents physicians who perform stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
Margee Rogers, DNP, RN, Director, Primary Health Care, Montefiore School Health Program, was awarded the New York Alliance Service Award from the New York School-Based Health Alliance, for her unwavering commitment, innovation and leadership.
Spiderman, aka Ricky Mena, recently visited with CHAM patients and their families.
Spiderman recently paid a surprise visit to Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Ricky Mena, founder of the nonprofit Heart Of A Hero, travels the country visiting hospitalized children and doling out toys. He described the visit on his Facebook page, saying, "Spidey met some of the bravest, coolest, amazing heroes during his visit, and they were excited as can be not only to have their favorite, friendly, neighborhood web hero hang out with them, but also to show him just how strong they are too!"
A hearty group of Montefiore associates took the Polar Plunge at the Bronx Zoo on a brisk day in November. The group from the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine jumped into an inflatable pool to raise funds in support of local Special Olympians. The team raised more than $1,000 for this great cause!
Learn how you can help support CERC: https://goo.gl/QAa4wg.
Members of the RFK CERC team take the plunge for Special Olympics.
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